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Panasonic 14-140, Any good?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by andyw, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Hi

    Thinking of getting the 14-140 for my G3 as the 14-42 isn't the best lens in the world and i would like more focal length. I have a 100-300 coming soon so the 14-140 would be brilliant as a walk about lens.

    Hows the weight, Image quality and stabalisation?

    Thanks
     
  2. jumbotron

    jumbotron Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    Vancouver, Canada
    I've only been shooting with this lens for about a week now mounted on my EPL2 and like it. I've seen nice results from it, but not in my hands and chaulk that up to my shaky hands and my inexperience with my camera body. Its a chunky lens and feels substantial especially compared to my Zuiko. It'll look pretty macho on your Gf3 lol.
     
  3. jumbotron

    jumbotron Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Jul 9, 2011
    Vancouver, Canada
    Whoops G3.
     
  4. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    He he!

    I put a 100-300 on a GF3 in our shop last week, now that was funny! Good lens though.
     
  5. The Panny 14-140 is the first superzoom that I have really liked, after having tried similar lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma (the Nikon being the best of those IMO). Mine seems to work very well at the wide end which suits me just fine since that's where I use it most. It's not a small lens though, certainly not by m4/3 standards.
     
  6. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Ad
    I have one for my G1 and GH2. For stills I don't really like it, image quality is definitely less than that of the Panny 14-45mm and 45-200mm, especially when zooming out to 140mm. It's also quite heavy and large, it doesn't balance very well IMHO on my cameras and that won't be any better on the G3 I guess. The lens is part of the GH2 kit and that's why I didn't sell it yet, but I hardly ever use it.
     
  7. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    This is interesting as i just thought about the 45-200 which i have not yet played with. I'm not overly impressed with the 14-42 so that is on the cards for the bay of e. I will look into the 45-200. I'm supposed to be getting a 100-300 from work as a 'company lens' to look after and use which is why i thought 14-140 would suit. I may just get the 14-45 and see if i miss the bit in between!
     
  8. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    My 2c: I had the 14-45 and 45-200 back in my G1 days. When I got my GH2 I got the 14-140 with it and then added the 100-300. In my opinion, the 14-140 is similar quality to the 14-45 and better than the 14-42. I love the combo of these lenses much more than the old combo. The 14-140 is much more versatile than the 14-45 and with similar quality. In my opinion, the 100-300 blows away the 45-200. Anything in the 150ish to 200 on that lens was quite soft in my experience. The 14-45 may still have a slight edge over the 14-140, but not enough for my eye to notice or care. It is heavier of course, but on the G series bodies, it doesn't bother me carrying it around all day. It's certainly still less weight than a traditional DSLR, but you are getting into that neighborhood.
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    The only downside I found with the 14-140 is its bulk and weight. To me, its more than I wanted to deal with on an m43 camera, even when I briefly had a GH2. I ultimately decided on the Olympus 14-150 because its about the same optically, is a touch longer, and it FAR smaller and lighter - the measurements don't make it seem like it would be THAT much different, but hold 'em both and you'll see the difference. The only downside of the Oly 14-150 on a Pany body is the lack of stabilization. I didn't find that a problem because that's only an issue in marginal light and I just don't use these types of lenses in marginal light. But if its going to be your primary or only lens, that might be a bigger issue for you. When the light gets low, I'm always grabbing a prime instead of a zoom anyway, but YMMV.

    -Ray
     
  10. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    I'm kinda leaning towards a 14-45 (seen great image examples!) and the 10-300 at the moment. I have a Oly 17mm f/2.8 and 20mm f/1.7 too and this is the kind of focal length I work with most of the time. The 100-300 I can use on the odd occasion when I'm doing wildlife stuff which is something I'm not into much.
     
  11. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran

    The 14-140mm is the best high zoom ratio zoom I have seen and used. Furthermore, it focuses rapidly and it is virtually silent. You cannot go wrong with this wonderful, well built piece of glass.

    Panasonic lenses, in general. have one drawback. While their build quality is quite good, these lenses are not weather-sealed.

    Best regards,
    Tom
     
  12. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I've had the 14-140 since the beginning of the year and have been blogging about it. Here are my thoughts:

    What Blog is this?: 14-140

    Read from bottom to top for chronological order.

    I also have the 100-300 (What Blog is this?: 100-300mm F4.0-F5.6). Optically, I'd rate it a touch ahead of the 14-140. Not a lot, just a hair better. It's a much more special use lens though. If I had to choose between the two, I'd probably go with the 14-140 for its versatility and just use the GH2 Extra Tele Conversion mode on those odd occasions when I needed more reach.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  13. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Andy... the 14-45 Panny is an excellent lens! One well worth having for compact form, good range, good OIS, and excellent IQ.

    The 14-140 Panny is also an excellent lens, with far greater reach, at the cost of more size and weight. The strong suits of range, excellent IQ, and silent focusing are complimented in the 14-140 by a SUPERB OIS system. I have on numerous occasions hand-held the 14-140 at full extension of 140 (280mm equiv.) at 1/15th second with crisp results. AMAZING OIS.

    Here's an example. Snapshot taken at a birthday party, available light only (which was dim), GH2, 14-140mm lens, shot at 140mm, 1/15th sec, hand held, ISO 2500, RAW capture, NO noise reduction. I'd say this result speaks highly of both the lens and the GH2.

    P1010028.
     
  14. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
    The 14-140mm is too big to carry around all the time, but otherwise it's the swiss-army knife of m43 lenses. Sure, it could be faster (but then it would be bigger). I recommend it.

    With the 14-140mm I can put an extra battery, sd card and lens brush in my pocket and leave the bag behind.
     
  15. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Lots of food for thought there. I have bought a used (and reasonably prices) 14-45 for the time being to see if i need the extra reach up to 100mm (100-30mm lens) and if i do then I'll get the 14-140 as it does look good.

    Thanks for all your input :2thumbs: